September 02, 2008

a weekend in the flinders ranges

We drove up to Port Germein after Steve finished work, and had a pub tea at the Port Germein Hotel.

The morning was very windy and there were heavy showers from time to time.

We walked the Port Germein jetty: which is (or was) the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, at 1530m.

It was very windy (northerly, so warm wind) and we were glad of the hand rail which we were sure would catch us should we begin to blow away. One of the heavy showers began as we began our (still 1.5km) walk back… we ended up patchily wet: wet fronts and dry backs.

Drove on to Port Augusta and visited the Wadlata Outback Centre, which was a very impressive centre featuring geological and cultural history of Australia.

Lunch was at the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens where we saw gorgeous wild flowers and sleepy lizards (distinguishable by their odd tails).

Then we drove to Wilpena Pound and arrived in time for a dusk walk where we met some friendly kangaroos.

Sunday morning we walked past the old Hills Homestead up to Wangaroo Lookout where we had panoramic views over the Pound. Again we were struck by the many gorgeous flowers. And the peacefulness and the redness of everything.

Had a (wind avoiding) car-nic before walking to the Sacred Canyon; a beautiful spot with ancient rock carvings. Waited for some emus to amble across the road, on our way back to the main road.

Heading back towards Adelaide we stopped at Rawnsley Lookout and then walked in to Arkaroo Rock, a site where historically initiation rites were performed and there were more rock paintings (including witchery – huhu – grubs).

I hope that travelling like this will make me see my own place with more detail.

A cup of tea in Hawker (with UHT milk which made us wonder if they also made their cappuccinos with UHT milk… would that be possible???), saw a fox scurry across the road, and stopped for dinner at the Rising Sun Hotel in Auburn, after driving past Taylor Wines just out of Clare.

And then I managed to get us lost getting back into Adelaide. Was doing so well (sigh!)

All in all a very rich weekend.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 05:40 PM

very funny trip
a happy family

Posted by: judy liu at September 11, 2008 1:17 pm

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